22nd March 2015

Malcolm Gladwell on the importance of stubbornness

A very interesting speech of Malcolm Gladwell on stubbornness in below YouTube video. Dead link.

Video is here: Conference: Genius in 2012

He makes references to

  1. Linear B, i.e., historic greek symbols
  2. Michael Ventris, deciphering Linear B
  3. Andrew Wiles and his proof for Fermat's Last Theorem, no integer solutions \(a,b,c\) for \(a^n+b^n=c^n\), \(n>2\)
  4. Gerhard Frey, linking Taniyama–Shimura conjecture and Fermat's Last Theorem
  5. the mismatch problem, i.e., finding the right personnel for a task given only information on some predictors, e.g., IQ-tests, height, grades, etc.
  6. the capitalization problem, i.e., making full use of the potential of personnel, and not squandering talent

Also see Malcolm Gladwell's article on the Flynn effect: What I.Q. doesn’t tell you about race.